Do you find it difficult to complete tasks in without getting distracted? If so, deep work sessions may help you with your productivity.
Deep work is a state of productivity where you are able to focus on a demanding task without getting distracted. During deep work sessions, your brain processes information quicker and you are in "focus" mode.
The first step to reaching a deep work state is to recognize your distractors. While completing tasks, what gets you sidetracked? Is it a notification on your phone, or stumbling upon a cat video compilation? In both cases, it's important to understand how you get distracted so you can actively prevent it.
Once you've understood your biggest distractors, create blockers for these distractions. In other words, set up additional hoops to access these distractions for yourself. For example, if a notification usually throws you off-track, try turning off notifications, or temporarily switching on Do Not Disturb on your phone/desktop, ensuring only essential, task-related notifications come through. If you have the tendency of picking up your phone and mindlessly scrolling through social media, start an Opal session while you're doing work: each time you want to scroll on Instagram, you'll be asked to start a break and set an intention for the break — these steps intentionally make it harder for you to scroll on these apps and get distracted.
Creating additional blockers for your distractors isn't the only action you can take to improve your productivity to a deep work state. Here are a few tips from Cal Newport's book (Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World):
Do you implement deep work sessions in your schedule? Which of these tips work best for you?